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Why Phone Use at Work is vital in Today’s Office

Phone Use at Work

In the “Age of the App,” personal phone use provides productivity and ease of use simultaneously. Let your employees have their cake and Instagram it too!


Our smartphones. They are attached to us like a second-nature appendage. At home, in the car, or on the train these devices are always with us. 

Except at many workplaces.


Despite the fact that many people would rather skip a meal if meant putting their phones down, many employers still punish attempts to use a personal mobile device. It’s because phone use is still commonly seen as a personal break on professional time. But why?


After all, it is impossible to play Pokemon Go! while sitting still. So why do employers feel the need to look over their employees’ shoulders? They’ll still do the “iPhone shimmy” under the cubicle desk.


Phone use is shown to have work related benefits. Not the least of which is for use as a communication device. Using your phone to reach out to a contact may allow, and encourage, new work-related networking. Fluid use of mobile devices also allows for the development of productive ideas, on the go.


Smartphone use on company time also allows workers to continue mobile conversations in or outside the workspace. Lunch breaks still offer an outlet of productivity because mobile devices allow access to work documents. Most employees use their devices to handle work outside of normal office hours.


If we check the markets in other countries while in bed, why can’t we check our fantasy football during coffee? Is the “coffee break” still a thing? 


After all, the only gym that many employees want to visit these days involve Pikachu. Why not let them take some “me” time while at work? For every minute an employee catches Pokemon, they’ll spend ten more to bang out sales emails. Such acceptance makes employees more productive and motivated to complete tasks. It sure beats having an office full of grumbling, scowling workers who are adept at “sneak texting.” 


Another undeniable benefit to device use is the fact that many workers have apps on their devices that their superiors may not be aware of. Some even test out these out individually before bringing them to the boardroom. Beforehand, employees take the extra time garner positive attention for their research. Also, many personal devices have more processing power than many “cube captured” computers.


The key: set appropriate boundaries but also being willing to flex when appropriate. If given the responsibility to police themselves, most employees will rise to the occasion instead of being crushed like so much candy.


As many employers may not adapt to this developing paradigm, it may be worth engaging and edifying them about it. This conversation may even give you the opportunity to discuss all that you do for the company when at home and elsewhere. You may even encourage reward instead of resentment.


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